Route on the Ribeira Sacra roads

Spectacular landscapes with rocky gorges and heroic viticulture areas going along the southern bank of the River Sil to the banks of the River Miño.

Day 1
Departure. Sunday.
We start our trip in the area of Ourense, in the region of Verín. The Parador Castillo de Monterrei is located in what is considered to be the largest Galician acropolis. A magnificent walled medieval defensive fortress consisting of the castle, the Palace of the Counts, the Rectory House, the church of Santa María and the watchtower, which is the main local attraction. In this destination, you can have tours and tastings through the wineries under the Monterrei certificate of origin, have thermal tourism in the medicinal-mineral springs of Verín, Chaves and Vidago or plan an excursion to the Invernadeiro Natural Park. We encourage you to taste the most typical dishes of the region and the authentic flavour of natural food, especially the Galician empanada pie, the “á feira” octopus, the Galician-style hake, lacón with turnip tops and chorizo, or the typical filloas and cañas to have a nice sweet touch.
Day 2
Monday.
The ancient Monforte de Lemos awaits us in the area of Lugo. This town, capital of the Ribera Sacra area, has a rich cultural heritage, including the Benedictine Monastery of San Vicente, the Pazo Condal, the Old Bridge and the convents of Santa Clara and San Jacinto. It is interesting to walk by the Pazo de Tor and visit some examples of rural Romanesque buildings, such as the church of Rivasaltas or the church of Valverde. Monforte is an excellent starting point to visit the Ribeira Sacra and enjoy all its natural and scenic beauty, between spectacular cliffs and lush vegetation, where numerous monasteries built here during medieval times can be found, thus giving rise to the name of Ribeira Sacra. You are in one of the best Galician regions to satisfy your hunger. It has a great variety of bars and restaurants to have some tapas, obviously combined with the wines of “heroic viticulture”. A visit to the Viño da Ribeira Sacra Interpretation Centre is recommended.
Days 3 and 4
Tuesday and Wednesday.
In the heart of the Ribeira Sacra, the Parador de Santo Estevo awaits us: a spectacular Benedictine monastery to break away and relax, and delight with landscapes of great beauty, such as the canyons of Sil and the River Miño. You will be amazed by its vineyards arranged in almost vertical terraces that seem to defy gravity. There are several options to explore the gorges: from the depths of the canyon, by sailing a catamaran over the waters; from a bird's eye view, by flying in a hot air balloon; or enjoying the panoramic views offered by the Miradores route. In addition to visiting some wineries and enjoying wine tastings and explanatory talks, the Romanesque route, which will take you to churches and monasteries of the late twelfth and thirteenth centuries surrounded by magical oak and chestnut forests, is highly recommended.
Day 5
Thursday.
Baiona awaits us towards the Atlantic coast. This town of Roman origin received the Caravel La Pinta at its port in 1493, becoming the first town in Europe to have news of the discovery of America. This event that has given rise to a massive period festival that is held annually in early March. This beautiful coastal town to the south of the Rías Baixas has many spots to visit, such as the church of Santa María, the iconic Monterreal fortress where the Parador is located, the Trinidad crossing, a splendid old town, its typical Galician country houses and noble houses or its promenade with the famous marina. In addition, the surroundings of the town offer several places of great beauty where you can enjoy dreamy sunsets, such as Monte de A Groba, from which the Rías Baixas look like a sober and colourful watercolour painting, the Sillero cape or the nearby Cíes Islands, which invite to visit its cliffs, its beaches and its dunes, its seabed and its natural roads. And assuming that at this point of the trip you have not yet yield to necessity of eating crustaceans, bivalves and cephalopods, it is time to have to a good seafood meal paired with one of the best whites in the world. And if you are looking for a lively atmosphere on summer nights, this is an ideal destination to enjoy terraces facing the sea and many crowded cocktail bars.
Days 6 and 7
Friday and Saturday.
We finish off this trip at the border Tui, where the River Miño is the main element on the green landscape and where Portugal can be reached just by crossing a bridge. It is delightful to know this place. The only cathedral in the province of Pontevedra can be found here, which you will find by walking through the charming old town, where summer nights on terraces and bars to have a drink are very special. The Monte Aloia Natural Park is located just 5 kilometres away from Tui and within a radius of no more than forty minutes, the O Baixo Miño region offers privileged spots, such as the fishing village of A Guarda, with its colourful houses, its Indian architecture and its exquisite cuisine. From A Guarda, in front of the sea, the Miño estuary can be seen. In the Santa Tecla Mountain, with an exceptional panoramic viewpoint, the most important Roman fortified town in Galicia (5th century BC) is located. Throughout the mountain, petroglyphs and rock carvings can be found. The Archaeological Museum is located at the top. You will also enjoy Oia, where the sea waves splash the impressive Cistercian monastery of Santa María. O Rosal is another of the towns that keep unique treasures, such as a set of 60 watermills spread on the side of a mountain. This trip must end with an unforgivable toast with a good Albariño wine from the Rías Baixas accompanied by the best dishes of the Galician cuisine.